Some countries trying to disrupt integration process seeing EEU as rival

The head of Russia’s Security Council said on Wednesday that some countries, while seeing the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) as a rival, were trying to disrupt the integration process between former Soviet republics, TASS reports.

Security Council secretary Nikolay Patrushev made the statement during a meeting in Astana with Kazakhstan’s presidential adviser and Security Council secretary Nurlan Yermekbayev.

“In the modern changing world, some countries see the EEU as a potentially serious rival in the global economy and are conducting destructive activity to disrupt integration processes,” the council’s press service quoted Patrushev as saying.

The new integration association — the EEU — started operating on January 1 this year, replacing the Eurasian Economic Community, which officially ceased to exist in October. The union includes Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia with Kyrgyzstan expected joining it in May. Membership is open to other states assessed as sharing the assembly’s aims and principles, its founders say.

Patrushev said the main task of the EEU was to strengthen integration of its member states and remove barriers for free movement of goods, services, capital and labour.

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